Friday, June 13, 2014

Weekend Historical Happenings: 6/14/14 - 6/15/14

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Saturday, June 14 - Sandy Hook (Middletown), Monmouth County
Sandy Hook Lighthouse 250th Anniversary Celebration
Children Friendly

Celebrate the 250th Anniversary of the Sandy Hook Lighthouse on Saturday with family fun! The celebration begins at 11:00 am on the southwest lawn of the lighthouse. The Old Barracks Fifes and Drums Band will open the ceremony with Colonial-era marching music, while high school students from Sandy Hook's own Marine Academy of Science & Technology (MAST) will present a color guard. Speakers will welcome the public, followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11:45 am.

Parking and all programs are free. Visitors should tell guard house employees that they are attending the lighthouse event and they will not be charged. Several activities are planned, including:

* Lighthouse tours from 12:00 noon - 4:30 pm. To get to the top, visitors must climb 95 steps on a spiral staircase and a nine-rung ladder. Children must be at least 48 inches tall to get to the top.
* Musket and cannon demonstrations by Revolutionary War living historians.
* Musket drills and Colonial era children's games on the main parade ground.
* 1700s bateau (flat-bottom boat) demonstrations on the bayside beach, opposite Guardian Park Picnic Area.
* Talks on the life of a lighthouse keeper and the history of colonial lighthouses by U.S. Lighthouse Society President Wayne Wheeler, held in a tent near the Lighthouse Keepers Quarters.
* In the Lighthouse Keepers Quarters: exhibits, gift shop (including 250th anniversary souvenirs).

The Sandy Hook Lighthouse is located within Gateway National Recreation Area, Middletown, NJ. For more information, visit

Saturday, June 14 - Tewksbury, Hunterdon County
Tewksbury 20th Biennial Garden Tour

On Saturday, the Tewksbury Historical Society will host its 20th Biennial Tewksbury Garden Tour. Come visit four Tewksbury flower gardens and enjoy a 5th location where strawberry shortcake and iced tea will be served.  Event will be held rain or shine and be available for touring from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased and picked up on Saturday from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm at the Tewksbury Historical Society Headquarters, 60 Water Street, Lebanon (Mountainville), NJ.  For more information, visit

Saturday, June 14 - Upper Freehold, Monmouth County
Antique Autos
Children Friendly

On Saturday, admire a display of pre-1948 autos set against the backdrop of Historic Walnford’s buildings and pleasantly shady landscape. Bring a picnic, tour the buildings, and spend a relaxing afternoon visiting the past from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.

While there, visit the large, elegant Walnford home built in 1774, the 19th century gristmill and the farm buildings set in a beautiful landscape. Walnford is located at 62 Walnford Road, 08501. For more information, call 609-259-6275 or visit

Saturday, June 14 - Trenton, Mercer County
18th Century Kids' Olympics
Children Friendly

Join the fun! Come with your family and watch as your children learn to play the games that youngsters would have played during colonial times! On Saturday, children ages 7-12 are invited to participate in classic 18th century games, such as hoops, nine pins, and cup and ball. Prizes will be awarded and no one leaves empty handed. Arrive at 11:30 am to sign in and enjoy an hour of colonial games. Participants and their families will receive 10% off museum admission, so be sure to take a tour with us after the games!

From 11:30 am - 2:00 pm, meet Linda J. Barth, the author of the wonderful children's book Hidden New Jersey. She will be here signing copies of her books, which will be available for purchase in The Quartermaster's Store.

This event is for children ages 7-12. There is a $5.00 fee for participation. Registration is required. Call 609-396-1776 or 609-777-3599 to reserve your child's spot in the festivities! The Old Barracks Museum is located at 101 Barrack Street, Trenton, NJ. For more information, call 609-396-1776 or visit

Saturday, June 14 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Old Time Baseball 
Children Friendly

Two New Jersey "farm teams" will take to the field when the Mercer County Park Commission hosts its Annual Old Time Baseball Game on Saturday.

The match-up features the Howell Farm Hogs vs. the Jersey Bulls, teams that play according to the rules that governed baseball in those early days when bats were made of axe handles and wagon tongues, and when pitchers (called "throwers") could be fined for delivering unhittable balls. The public is invited to watch or play in the game at Howell Living History Farm. Rules will be taught to prospective players during an ongoing practice period.

In the overall competition, which began in 1988, the match-up is tied with each team holding a record of 12 wins and 12 losses. There was no game in 1999 due to players being needed to bring in a crop of hay.

In addition to town ball, an 1864 base ball (two words at the time) game will take place between the Flemington Neshanocks and the New York Gothams.  Both teams will be in period attire. Prior to this game, Brad Brooklyn Shaw, of the Neshanocks, will narrate “Casey at the Bat”, and give a history of the 1864 game.

11:00 am Rules and Practice Period 
12:00 pm Neshanocks vs. Gothams
1:30 pm Hogs vs. Bulls (public game)

Howell Living Farm represents typical farm life between 1890 and 1910. The farm is operated by the Mercer County Parks Commission. It is located at 70 Wooden's Lane, Lambertville, NJ. For more information. call 609-737-3299 or visit

Saturday, June 14 - Hopewell Borough, Mercer County
Walking Tour: Hopewell Borough

On Saturday, the Hopewell Valley Historical Society will sponsor a walking tour through Hopewell Borough. The journey begins at the Old School Baptist Church on West Broad Street in Hopewell at 11:00 am. Participants will be led by local historian Jack Koeppel who has researched the former uses of many of the old buildings in town and will tell the story of Hopewell through their histories. Learn how buildings constructed for one purpose are used today for something completely different. We’ll discover a home built as a church and another built as a school. And, even one that was a train station. Don’t miss this fascinating walk back in time. You’ll look at Hopewell with fresh insight. For more information, visit

Saturday, June 14 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Summer Flea Market

The Historic Village at Allaire is hosting a Summer Flea Market as a fundraiser on Saturday, from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm. The event is held in the Show Field of Allaire State Park. There is a $5 parking fee for this event. With more than 100 vendors displaying new, used, and collectible treasures of all types, there will be something for everyone.

Shop all day, visit the on-site food vendor, or spend some time in the Historic Village. The General Store and Bakery will also be open beginning at 10:00 am. Flea Market. The rain date for the event will be Sunday, June 15. This event is a fundraiser, benefiting the historic and educational programs presented at the Historic Village at Allaire by the non-profit organization, Allaire Village, Incorporated.

The Historic Village at Allaire is located at 4263 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale, NJ. For more information, contact the Allaire Village office during business hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, at 732-919-3500 or visit

Saturday, June 14 - Little Egg Harbor, Ocean County
NJ's 350th Anniversary

On Saturday, the Tuckerton Historical Society presents "NJ's 350th Anniversary" presented by Tim Hart of the Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission and Paul Hart of the Tuckerton Seaport. Explore Ocean County history and hear about new Tuckerton Seaport exhibits. This presentation will be held from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at the Giffordtown Schoolhouse Museum, 35 Leitz Blvd., Little Egg Harbor, NJ. For more information, call 609-294-1547.

Saturday, June 14 - Hewitt, Passaic County
Long Pond Ironworks Historic District Walking Tours
Children Friendly

Join the Friends of Long Pond Ironworks on Saturday as they walk through the Historic District. Learn how Long Pond contributed to the American Revolution, Civil War, and the industrial development of New Jersey. Tours last about two hours and follow a circular route through the historic village. Tours are conducted rain or shine, and attendees should wear clothing and footwear appropriate for a walk through the woods. Tours take place at 12:00 noon and 2:00 pm.

Long Pond Ironworks is located at 1334 Greenwood Lake Turnpike, Hewitt, NJ. For more information, call  973-657-1688 or visit

Saturday, June 14 - Florence Township, Burlington County
Celebrate Flag Day with a Trip to the Roebling Museum

The Roebling Museum announces a lecture on the building of the U.S. Capital building on Saturday at 1:00 pm at the Roebling Museum.  Award-winning journalist and author Guy Gugliotta will make a presentation based on his book Freedom's Cap: The United States Capital and the Coming of the Civil War. Freedom's Cap tells the incredible story of the construction of the U.S. Capital in the decade leading up to the American Civil War. The challenges were many, budgetary, engineering and political. According to Jonathan Yardley of the Washington Post, "Mr. Gugliotta...Brings to life a huge cast of characters, captures the physical setting of Washington in mid-19th century and the mood of a city where 'every transaction seemed to be poisoned by the issue of slavery.' And of course John A. Roebling is involved!

The lecture will be held in the Investors Bank Media Room at the museum. Space is limited and reservations are suggested by calling the Museum at 609-499-7200 or booking online at Adults, $7.00; seniors and museum members; $5.00. This presentation is part of the Roebling Museum's Second Saturday lecture series for 2014. 

And in commemoration of Flag Day the museum will be flying "Old Glory" from its historic flagpole originally erected in 1917. At 137 feet tall it is one of the tallest flagpoles east of the Mississippi River. For more information, call 609-499-7200 or visit

Saturday, June 14 - Pennsauken, Camden County
Flag Day Open House
Children Friendly

An annual, patriotic tradition continues on Saturday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm at Burrough-Dover House off Haddonfield Road in Pennsauken. The Flag Day Open House will include the traditional display of flags illustrating America’s history and growth. These flags, most from the collection of the Pennsauken Historical Society and some on loan, symbolize our land and allegiances from the colonial period through the Revolution and over two hundred years of expansion and struggle following the founding of the young Republic. That history will also come alive with the presence of the members of the 12th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry from the Civil War. This expert re-enactor group, including many local men, will demonstrate the life and duties of Union soldiers during that most terrible war 150 years ago. The 300 year old Burrough-Dover House will be open for tours of the house and its museum of nostalgia. The beautiful grounds of Burrough-Dover House and the nature trail down to Pennsauken Creek will also be open for walking and recreation. Refreshments will be available for purchase making it a perfect afternoon to spend enjoying the pageantry of American history.

Admission is absolutely free, parking is free, tours are free, watching the soldiers drill is free! All to celebrate the land of the free!

Saturday, June 14 - Wildwood, Cape May County
Postcard and Collectibles Show

On Saturday, attend the Wildwood Historical Society's Annual Postcard and Collectibles Show, held from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at the George F. Boyer Museum, 3907 Pacific Avenue, Wildwood, NJ. Vendors will be on hand to buy, sell, and trade. Also celebrate 50 years of history with a program at noon. For more information, call 609-523-0277 or visit

Saturday, June 14 - Morris Township, Morris County
Celebrate Dairy at Fosterfields
Children Friendly

During National Dairy Month, meet the Jersey cows and help with chores at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm. Enjoy a hands-on guided tour to learn about the domestic help and assist with house-hold chores at the Foster family home from 11:00 am - 12:00 noon. From 1:00 - 3:00 pm, see how dairy products are prepared in the Farmhouse kitchen, by helping separate cream and church butter. At 3:30 pm, there will be a cow-milking demonstration. Admission: $6/adult, $5/senior (65+), $4/child (ages 4 -16), $2/child (2 and 3). FREE for children under age 2 and Friends members, with a current membership card. Fosterfields Living Historical Farm is located at 73 Kahdena Road, Morristown, NJ. For more information, visit

Saturday, June 14 - Morristown, Morris County
Fort Nonsense: Defenses of War
Children Friendly

Shortly after victories at Trenton and Princeton, the Continental Army under General George Washington arrived in Morristown in early January, 1777. Protected by the Watchung Mountains and the Great Swamp, it became the Army's winter camp. Join a park ranger at Fort Nonsense to see for yourself the advantages of this defensive site and learn how Fort Nonsense got its name. Program at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 pm at Fort Nonsense, 16 Chestnut St, Morristown NJ, a unit of Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, NJ. Cost: Free. For more information, call 973-539-2016 ext. 210 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, June 14 - 15 - Cape May, Cape May County
Military Timeline
Children Friendly

Interested in the Civil War or World War II? Want to learn about the weaponry and tactics used by the British infantry in the Victorian Era? Or maybe you are just a history buff who loves it all. Historic Cold Spring Village will host its annual Military Timeline Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, which will feature encampments, weaponry displays, and demonstrations from living history groups depicting various conflicts throughout the centuries. This event will be held from 10:00 am - 4:30 pm, and is generously sponsored by the Marsh and McLennan Agency.

The reenactment groups, encampments and displays span many centuries and periods of conflict. Highlights include Union and Confederate encampments, interpreters of the Boer War (1898-1902), World War II Allied and Axis reenactors, Cold War and Vietnam War era reenactors and displays. Additional programs include historian Mike Kochan as Benjamin Franklin discussing Franklin’s military activities and inventions. At 2:00 pm on both Saturday and Sunday, HCSV Education and Interpretation Director Jim Stephens will present his lively program, "The Story of Old Glory," in which he tells the colorful history of the American flag with reproduction flags on display.

Historic Cold Spring Village is located at 720 Route 9, three miles north of Cape May City and four miles south of Rio Grande. Admission during the season is $10 for adults and $8 for children ages 3 to 12. Children under 3 are admitted free. Unlimited free admission is available with Village membership. As a member of the national Blue Star Museums program, Historic Cold Spring Village is proud to offer free admission to active duty military personnel and up to 5 family members. The Village Nature Trail at Bradner's Run is open to the public for free self-guided tours. For more information, call 609-898-2300, ext. 18 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, June 14 - 15 - Atlantic City, Atlantic County
Dads Climb Absecon Lighthouse FREE!
Children Friendly

If your family is looking for a memorable way to show Dad he's the light of your life, then bring him to Absecon Lighthouse on Saturday or Sunday because dear old Abby is treating Fathers to a free climb on Father's Day weekend. 

And if Dad makes it all the way to the top and gets an "I Climbed Absecon Lighthouse" card, he can show it at Tony Boloney's Pizza on Oriental Avenue and get a free slice of pizza! Hours of operation for the lighthouse are 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, with the last climb at 3:30 pm. So Moms and kids, what better way to say thanks to Dad than make him climb 228 steps with you and eat pizza?!?!

Absecon Lighthouse is located at 31 South Rhode Island Avenue in Atlantic City, NJ. It is open to visitors Thursdays through Mondays, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. For more information, call 609-449-1360 or visit

Sunday, June 15 - Stillwater, Sussex County
Strawberry Festival
Children Friendly

 Farm-fresh strawberries are on the menu on Saturday thanks to the Historical Society of Stillwater Township. The society will hold its annual Strawberry Festival on Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm at the society's museum. Visitors will enjoy fresh strawberry shortcake with ice cream plus a beverage for $5 per serving (children under 5, free). The festival will also feature live music, horse and wagon rides, museum tours, and a bake sale.

The historical society's museum is located at 900 Main Street, Stillwater, NJ. The Historical Society of Stillwater Township is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. It is the mission of HSST to foster and promote an interest in Stillwater area history through the education and preservation of family information, local cemetery records, artifacts, sites and structures and to maintain an historical and genealogical library and museum. For more information, please e-mail to or visit

Sunday, June 15 - Whippany, Morris County
Father's Day 2014 Excursion Train Rides
Children Friendly

Spend Sunday with Dad at the Whippany Railway Museum on a 10-mile, 45-minute round trip excursion from Whippany to Roseland on a mid-1900s Excursion Train. The combined age of the equipment used on the vintage train is an astounding 635 years! Be on the lookout for deer, turtles, wild turkeys, hawks, and rabbits, as the route takes you past a natural swamp with abundant wildlife. Trains depart at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 pm from 1 Railroad Plaza at the Intersection of Route 10 West and Whippany Road in Whippany, NJ. Train fare is: Adult: $14; child (under 12): $9; infants (1 year and under): Free. Train Fare includes admission to Whippany Railway Museum Building. The "Excursion Train Ride" is a fundraising effort to benefit the Whippany Railway Museum, a 501 (c)3 non-profit Operating Heritage Railroad that is staffed by Volunteers. Donations from the public help to keep the Museum operational, but funds are still required to support this unique New Jersey treasure. Proceeds from the train rides will further enhance the Museum's mission and its Historic Preservation efforts. For more information, call 973-887-8177 or visit

Saturday, June 15 - Morristown, Morris County
New Jersey 350th History Hike
Children Friendly

Celebrate the 350th anniversary of New Jersey's founding as a colony by hiking the 2.25 miles yellow trail and hear about the historical forces that have affected New Jersey for more than 350 years, including a north/south divide, and the roles of transportation and immigration in the development of the state. Hike begins at 10:00 am and ends at 12:00 noon. Meet at the Jockey Hollow Visitor Center within Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, NJ. Cost: Free. For more information, call 973-543-4030 or visit

Sunday, June 15 - Montclair, Essex County
The Charles Shultz House Tour
Family Friendly

Make your way over to the 1896 Charles Shultz House (Evergreens, 30 North Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ) and see this time capsule from the turn of the century. Currently on display at the Charles Shultz House is the exhibition "A PERSISTENT PASSION: The Art of Lora Eberly Ballou: 1870-1976, Places in a One Hundred Six Year Life." The exhibit will be on display during regular public tours on the first and third Sunday of each month from April 27 through July 20, 2014 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. With the generosity of Robert M and Patricia C Phillips, all public tours at the Shultz House held on the first and third Sundays of each month are FREE to the public. Please note that the Israel and Nathaniel Crane Houses will be closed this day. For more information, call 973-744-1796, e-mail, or visit

Sunday, June 15 - Matawan, Monmouth County
Open House

The Matawan Historical Society will holding an open house on Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at the Burrowes Mansion located at 94 Main Street, Matawan, NJ. Learn how this circa 1723 home and its owners played a role in the Revolutionary War. Suggested admission: $5 per person. For more information call 732-492-6069 or visit

Sunday, June 15 - Morristown, Morris County
A History of Washington Township and Book Signing

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum (MHHM) is celebrating the 350th anniversary of New Jersey with book signings by authors whose work explores aspects of the state’s history. On Sunday, they welcome Betsy Guzenski who will be available to sign and sell her book Washington Township, Morris County to museum visitors during touring hours (1:00 - 4:00 pm). Visitors may also wish to visit the second floor gallery exhibit “Made in New Jersey: A Celebration of Decorative and Fine Arts” which stars the Museum’s collection of New Jersey stoneware, silver, and artists such as Thomas Nast, A.B. Frost, and Edward Kranich.

Elizabeth Guzenski is an active member of the Washington Township Historical Society, and wrote the book with two other members, Charlotte and Juergen Arndt. Washington Township, Morris County takes the reader through a pictorial tour of the township and showcases the 11 districts of the township according to the E. Robinson map of 1887. The area was once the home of the Lenni Lenape Indians and later became the home of Dutch, English and mostly German settlers from the Palantine area of Germany in the early 1700s. It was primarily a farming community but grew to be a major iron ore and trap mine center thanks to the Jersey Central Railroad. In the late 1800s, Schooley’s Mountain became one of the first major resort areas in the country thanks to the healing properties attributed to the chalybeate waters from a spring on Schooley’s Mountain which attracted such notable visitors as Ulysses S. Grant, Thomas Edison, and members of the Roosevelt and Astor families. The book includes photographs and captions to help the reader understand the “rich agricultural, industrial and recreational history of this New Jersey Skylands community”.

Elizabeth Guzenski, a retired educator of 33 years, is the current vice president and former president of the Washington Township Historical Society. She has run a student volunteer program at the museum for several years and is a member of the Library Committee. The majority of the photographs used in the book are part of the vast collection housed in the Washington Township Historical Society Museum. Additional images were provided courtesy of Washington Township residents. 

Regular museum admission includes meeting with the author, house tours, and gallery visits between 1:00 and 4:00 pm. Admission: Adults $8; Seniors & Students $6; Children 6 – 12 $4. Members and children under 5 admitted free. Speaker tickets include admission to a docent-led period room tour for visitors who sign up during the afternoon. The last tour ticket is sold at 3:00 pm. Macculloch Hall Historical Museum is located at 45 Macculloch Avenue, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-538-2404 ext. 10 or visit

Through June 30, 2014 - Piscataway, Middlesex County
Got Work? Exhibit

View the exhibit "Got Work? New Deal/WPA in New Jersey" at the 1741 Cornelius Low House Museum in Piscataway. The museum is open Tuesday - Friday, 8:30 - 4:00 pm and Sunday afternoons from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. The exhibit will run through June 30, 2014.

The Cornelius Low House, built in 1741, was the home to its namesake and is only one of two remaining buildings from historic Raritan Landing. This high-style Georgian mansion is listed on the National Register and operated by the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission. Admission to the museum is FREE. The museum is located at 1225 River Road, Piscataway, NJ. For more information, call 732-745-4177 or visit

Through June 2014 - Morristown, Morris County
"Controversies: The More Things Change..." Exhibit

Currently on display at Macculloch Hall Historical Museum is an exhibition about topics that helped shape our world. "Controversies: The More Things Change..." opens new territory for the Museum, presenting challenging subject matter that may not be suitable for casual dinner conversation. This new exhibit explores topics that helped shape our world through local history events which had national significance: medical experimentation, immigration, and the right to die.

"Controversies: The More Things Change..." inspires people to consider, even reconsider, the ways in which they think about these important, frequently debated issues. The exhibit explores local history events which had national significance: the 1833 Antoine LeBlanc murder trial and public execution; the immigration issues of the late nineteenth century as depicted by political cartoonist Thomas Nast, a Morristown resident, and the 1976 Karen Ann Quinlan "right to die" case.

The museum is making a major departure in exhibit presentations with "Controversies."  Where most exhibits typically provide detailed information about the objects on view, "Controversies" offers limited information about the objects, essentially forcing personal thought, and inspiring discussion, about the areas represented.  Each object and concept in the exhibit represents a part of New Jersey's history - specifically Morris County's history. The ideas expressed through the historical objects in the exhibit, however, are not confined to New Jersey boundaries- the significant concerns raised by the important and controversial issues showcased in this exhibit continue to be debated throughout the United States and the world.

"We wanted to give our visitors a chance to participate in an exhibit in a new way - to have a reaction without being guided by the institution's interpretation of what the objects represent, which labels typically provide," said Executive Director Carrie Fellows. Instead, curator's books of supplementary information will be available within the exhibit, should the visitor want to learn more, drawn from primary sources like news articles, contemporary commentary, and images. Visitors are encouraged to leave comments about the themes presented.

The exhibition was inspired when Fellows and Ryan C. Hyman, the Museum's curator, heard Burt Logan, Executive Director of the Ohio Historical Society speak at a conference about the organization's groundbreaking "Controversy: Pieces You Don't Normally See" exhibit, and its sequel, "Controversy 2: Pieces We Don't Normally Talk About". During his talk, Mr. Logan strongly encouraged other museums to adapt the concept and develop similar exhibits. Inspired by the presentation, Hyman and Fellows began discussing how they might create an exhibit using themes from the Morris area's rich history.

"Controversies: The More Things Change..." will be on view during Museum touring hours through June 2014. Please note the subject matter may not be suitable for all audiences. Visitor discretion advised. Recommended for visitors 12 years of age and older.

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum preserves the history of the Macculloch-Miller families, the Morris area community, and the legacy of its founder W. Parsons Todd through its historic site, collections, exhibits, and educational and cultural programs. The Museum is open for house and exhibit tours on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. The last tour leaves at 3:00 pm. Adults $8; Seniors & Students $6; Children 6 - 12 $4. Members and children under 5 are free.  For more information, call 973-538-2404 ext. 10 or visit Macculloch Hall Historical Museum is located at 45 Macculloch Avenue, Morristown, NJ.

Through July 20, 2014 - Montclair, Essex County
A Persistent Passion: The Art of Lora Eberly Ballou

The Montclair Historical Society presents the exhibition "A Persistent Passion: The Art of Lora Eberly Ballou: 1870-1976, Places in a One Hundred Six Year Life" at the Charles Shultz House (Evergreens), 30 North Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ from April 27 through July 20 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm on first and third Sundays of the month. Lora Eberly Ballou was a unique woman who lived during the last quarter of the 1800s in Ohio, then moved to the suburbs of New York City, residing in an elegant home in Montclair, NJ with her husband John Ballou and two daughters, Margaret and Harriet. Ballou's work focuses on an interest and passion for gardening and travel, and depicts many of the places she lived, including a winter scene of Tony's Brook.

Ballou's artwork will be on display at the Montclair Historical Society's Charles Shultz House, an 1896 home that remains virtually untouched. It showcases a time capsule of the Shultz family and lifestyle during the same period when the Ballou family lived in Montclair. This home provides a unique setting for the exhibition, placing Lora Ballou's artwork against the backdrop of a Montclair family active in the community, unveiling similarities in their lifestyles and interests during this period in history. This exhibition is sponsored by Robert M. and Patricia C. Phillips. Robert M. Phillips is the grandson of Lora Ballou. A free public reception will be held on April 27 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm with light refreshments. For additional information or to schedule a private tour, contact the Montclair Historical Society at 973-744-1796, visit, or e-mail

Saturdays and Sundays through July 27, 2014 - Ridgewood, Bergen County
A Community's Journey: Our Place in New Jersey History

The Schoolhouse Museum's new exhibit, on display now through July 27, 2014 celebrates New Jersey's 350th anniversary. "A Community's Journey: Our Place in New Jersey's History" showcases the area's evolution over the last three centuries using the themes of liberty, innovation, and diversity.

The Liberty collection highlights uniforms and other war-time memorabilia while the Innovation collection chronicles the history of performing arts in the village including items from the Ridgewood Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company, such as a silk wedding kimono worn by Yum Yum in the "Mikado." Also on display are items owned by Ridgewood magician Harry Rouclere. Especially noteworthy is the Diversity collection which tells the story of the African American, Jewish, Irish, and  Korean communities through personal artifacts.

The museum is open Thursdays and Saturdays from 1:00 - 3:00 and Sundays 2:00 - 4:00. The Schoolhouse Museum is located at 650 East Glen  Avenue in Ridgewood, NJ. For more information, call  201-447-3242  or visit

Sundays through August 30, 2014 - Cranbury, Middlesex County
"At Long Last...Summer" Exhibit

The Cranbury Historical and Preservation Society is bringing a bit of the seashore to its museum in Cranbury. After a harsh winter, the society is happy to present a new exhibit  at the Cranbury Museum, entitled, "At Long Last...Summer."  Featuring treasures of the sea and seashore, the exhibit includes oil paintings, watercolors, a rare sea glass collection, antique whale bone, shells, Sailor valentines, ephemera, and vintage toys and souvenirs. The exhibit will continue through August 30, 2014. Celebrate summer and join us on Sunday afternoons from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, to view the exhibit! The Cranbury Museum is located at 4 Park Place East, Cranbury. For more information, visit

Through August 23, 2014 - Haledon, Passaic County
"The Mill Girls" Exhibit

The American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark in Haledon, NJ proudly opens the exhibit "The Mill Girls," a unique three-dimensional display that showcases images of three mill girls on large-scale replicas of the wooden bobbins used in early textile mills, by visual artist Donna Berger. The exhibit will be on view through August 23, 2014. 

The Botto House National Landmark, home of the American Labor Museum, is located at 83 Norwood Street, Haledon, NJ. It was the meeting place for over 20,000 silk mill workers during the 1913 Paterson Silk Strike. The Museum's hours of operation are Monday through Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Tours are offered Wednesday through Saturday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm and by appointment. For more information, call 973-595-7953, visit, or e-mail

Through August, 2014 - Lyndhurst, Bergen County
Let's Play! An Exhibit of Beloved Toys
Children Friendly

From a china-head doll to a Lionel train, several toys are on display at the Little Red Schoolhouse Museum as the Lyndhurst Historical Society recalls fun times with favorite toys. The new exhibit, "Let's Play! An Exhibit of Beloved Toys," is open now through August 2014.

The exhibit is free and open to the public, though a small donation to the Society would be appreciated. The Little Red Schoolhouse Museum is open on the second and fourth Sundays of  every month from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. The Lyndhurst Historical Society was established in 1984 in an effort to preserve the 1893 schoolhouse, located at 400 Riverside Avenue, Lyndhurst, NJ. For more information, call 201-804-2513 (leave a message) or visit

Through Sunday, September 14, 2014 - Princeton, Mercer County
Micah Williams: Portrait Artist Exhibition

Traveling portrait artist and New Jersey resident Micah Williams (1782 - 1837) was a prolific artist who has 272 known existing works. His works are represented in many major museums and are highly sought after by folk art collectors. Yet, there has never been an exhibition dedicated solely to the work of Micah Williams. "Micah Williams: Portrait Artist," on loan to Morven from the Monmouth County Historical Association, tells a story about the new America of the 19th century. With over 40 portraits on view, visitors can come face-to-face with the state's nineteenth century farmers, orchard growers, militia officers, politicians, silversmiths, potters, carpenters, and their families.

The exhibition will also debut Morven's newest acquisition: a pastel portrait of Commodore Robert Field Stockton (1795-1866) completed by Micah Williams around 1821. Stockton was a third-generation resident of Morven, head the Pacific Fleet and a U.S. Senator. With this exhibition, the portrait makes its return to the walls at Morven. "Micah Williams: Portrait Artist" exhibition will be on display at Morven through September 14, 2014.

Morven Museum & Garden is a museum and public garden located at 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ. A National Historic Landmark, Morven was the home to Richard Stockton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, as well as the former Governor's mansion of New Jersey. Public Hours: Wednesday - Friday 11:00 am - 3:00 pm; Saturday and Sunday 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm. For more information, call 609-924-8144 or visit

Through October 31, 2014 - Trenton, Mercer County
Trenton's Old Barracks Museum Shows Iron Art

The Old Barracks Museum will feature the sculpture of AbOminOg Intl. Arts Collective in an exhibit entitled "Founding the Future: A Continuum of Iron Casting in Trenton with AbOminOg Intl. Arts Collective." The exhibit will run from April 26 to October 31, 2014. A reception for the artists will be held on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at the Old Barracks Museum.

The Old Barracks Museum is pleased to feature the metal sculpture of members of one of Trenton's illustrious artist collectives in an exhibit entitled, "Founding the Future: A Continuum of Iron Casting in Trenton with AbOminOg Intl. Arts Collective." Exhibiting artists include Kate Graves, Aylin Green, Bruce Lindsay, Rory Mahon, Steve Morse, Joanna Platt, Matt Reiley, David  Robinson and Scot Thompson.

This outdoor exhibit is part of the statewide celebrations of the 350th anniversary of the founding of New Jersey by representing the connection between the history that the Old Barracks Museum interprets and AbOminOg Intl.'s focus on the revolutionary industrial material of iron. As the first art installation at the Old Barracks, it will allow the visiting public a new perspective on the relationship between the past and the present in the formation of the future. Commemorative iron medallions will be poured by the group at the Old Barracks Museum on June 21st.  Leading up to this spectacular event, a free public reception and opportunity to meet the artists and view the outdoor sculpture is scheduled for Saturday.

The Old Barracks Museum is adjacent to Petty's Run, site of the only excavated Colonial steel furnace in America. Trenton's history of industry, manufacturing and self-reliance is reflected in the AbOminOg Intl. model of collaboration through sweat equity, upcycling crushed iron scrap into sculpture. The essence of the artist collective's cause- to teach and facilitate artists of diverse backgrounds, age groups and skill levels in the creation of cast-metal sculptural artworks within an inspiring, supportive and sustainable setting while positively affecting the community and the art world at large- has remained the same since their inaugural iron pour in a Trenton backyard on December 31, 1999. The Old Barracks Museum is located at 101 Barracks Street, Trenton, NJ. For more information, call 609-396-1776 or visit

Through December 29, 2014 - Woodbury, Gloucester County
Be Prepared:  Scouts of Yesteryear
Children Friendly
Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts have been a tradition in America for over a century. The Gloucester County Historical Society Museum is presenting a remarkable exhibit with scouting artifacts from over the decades. Numerous uniforms, merit badges, equipment, manuals, and accessories from the 1930’s on are on display.  

The Gloucester County Historical Society Museum hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays from 1:00 - 4:00 pm and the last Sunday of the month from 2:00 - 5:00 pm. Adult admission $5; children 6-18 years $1; children under 6 free. The Gloucester County Historical Society Museum is located at 58 North Broad Street, Woodbury, NJ. For more information, call 856-848-8531 or visit

Through February 13, 2015 - Madison, Morris County
The American Revolution in New Jersey
Children Friendly

New Jersey spent much of the American Revolution as a theater of war. A new exhibit at the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, "The American Revolution in New Jersey: Where the Battlefront Meets the Homefront," explores the rarely told story of New Jersey's farmers, women, and tradesmen and their actions during the war. Topics discussed include the local civil wars that erupted between revolutionaries and loyalists, the multiple roles that women took on as their men went off to war, and how civilian life was affected by the regular presence of troops. The exhibit will be open until February 13, 2015. 

Regular Museum admission is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors, students & children (ages 6 and older), and free for members and children under 6. Family maximum admission $13.00. The Museum is open Tuesday - Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm and Sunday from 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm. The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts is located at 9 Main Street in Madison, NJ just two blocks from the Madison train station. For more information, please call 973-377-2982 x10 or visit

Some event listings courtesy of the League of Historical Societies of New Jersey


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